Kordell Pillans

COURTESY OF KORDELL PILLANS

Kordell Pillans plays in college football game for Mesa Community College in 2018. 

On Saturday, Kordell Pillans became the first football player from Kodiak to appear in an NCAA Division I game.   

Pillans, a junior for the University of Montana, played in the team’s 61-17 thumping of North Alabama at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana. 

Pillans, a 6-foot-6, 333-pound right guard, helped No. 22 Montana motor to 530 total yards of offense — 296 through the air and 234 on the ground. 

Down 17-16 at halftime, No. 22 Montana scored 45 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 2-0 on the season. 

Pillans is the first Kodiak High School football player to play a down at the NCAA Division I level, but not the first to dress for a game — that honor goes to Michael Odell, a 2007 graduate of KHS.  

In 2008, Odell, a walk-on freshman at the University of Tennessee, suited up for a game against Mississippi State — a 34-3 Volunteers win. 

A handful of Kodiak players have played college football at lower levels, including Pillans, who played his first two seasons at Mesa Community College in Arizona. 

Pillans, a two-star recruit, transferred to Montana during the summer.  

Up next for Montana is a trip to Eugene to take on the No. 15 Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. 

The Ducks demolished Nevada 77-6 last week to improve to 1-1. 

Saturday’s game between Montana and Oregon can be seen on the Pac-12 Network at 6:45 p.m. 

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Paul Winegeart produced a solid finish in his first collegiate race for Dallas Baptist University at the East Texas Cross Country Shootout Saturday in Commerce, Texas. 

Winegeart, a 2019 graduate of Kodiak High School, placed 21st in a field of 60 runners. He was ninth overall for Dallas Baptist, turning an 8-kilometer time of 28 minutes, 44.6 seconds. 

Dallas Baptist finished second in the seven-team field with a score of 38 points. 

Winegeart, a mult-sport athlete for Kodiak, was the Bears’ top cross country runner last season. He placed 24th at the 2018 state cross country meet. 

• Kodiak’s Raen Barcelon opened up her senior cross country season at North Central University (Minnesota) at the Twin Cities Twilight meet Aug. 30 in Blaine, Minnesota. 

Barelon led the Rams with a 3-mile time of 23 minutes, 12.9 seconds, good for 107th place. 

Barcelon is a captain for North Central this season. This is her fourth year with the NAIA squad. 

 

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